The Total Theatre Awards Shortlist 2016

Total Theatre / Total Theatre

Shows by an Emerging Company/Artist
This Award is supported by Farnham Maltings

Greater Belfast
Little King and Tron Theatre in association with Traverse Theatre
Scotland | Traverse

(I Could Go On Singing) Over The Rainbow
FK Alexander with Okishima Island Tourist Group Association
Scotland | Summerhall

Infinity Pool: A Modern Retelling of Madam Bovary
Bea Roberts
England | Bedlam Theatre

Lucy McCormick: Triple Threat
Lucy McCormick, Soho Theatre in association with Underbelly
England | Underbelly

One Hundred Homes
Yinka Kuitenbrouwer, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan, Theatre Royal Plymouth
Belgium | Summerhall

We Are Ian
In Bed With My Brother and the Pleasance
England | Pleasance

Physical / Visual Theatre

ADA/AVA by Manual Cinema
Manual Cinema and Underbelly Productions
USA | Underbelly

Atelier Bildraum, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan, Theatre Royal Plymouth
Belgium | Summerhall

Cock and Bull
Nic Green with Laura Bradshaw and Rosana Cade
Scotland | Forest Fringe

Only Bones
Kallo Collective in association with Aurora Nova
Finland | Summerhall

Innovation, Experimentation & Playing with Form

Counting Sheep
Lemon Bucket Orkestra in association with Aurora Nova
Canada | Summerhall

Nasi Voutsas and Bertrand Lesca co-produced by FellSwoop
England | Summerhall

Hot Brown Honey
Hot Brown Honey with Briefs Factory
Australia | Assembly

Letters to Windsor House
Sh!t Theatre with Show and Tell
England | Summerhall

Richard Gadd: Monkey See Monkey Do
Richard Gadd with Berk’s Nest in association with Soho Theatre
England | Banshee Labyrinth

Two Man Show
England | Northern Stage @ Summerhall

BRONKS, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan, Theatre Royal Plymouth
Belgium | Summerhall

Total Theatre & The Place Award for Dance

Gary Gardiner / Ian Johnston / Adrian Howells
Scotland | DanceBase

Happy Hour
Mauro Paccagnella and Alessandro Bernardesch produced by Wooshing Machine
Belgium | Summerhall

Ériu featuring Breandán de Gallaí and Nick O’Connell
Ireland | DanceBase

Carl Knif Company
Finland | DanceBase

The Rooster and Partial Memory
El-Funoun Palestinian Dance Troupe / SHAMS Association / Marhbtain Organization
Palestine / Lebanon | DanceBase

Total Theatre & Jacksons Lane Award for Circus

Emma Serjeant
Australia | Assembly

Ockham’s Razor: Tipping Point
Ockhams’s Razor and Turtle Key Arts
England | C

Perhaps Hope
Company Here and Now
Australia | Underbelly

Water On Mars
Plastic Boom presented bv Gandini Juggling
Sweden | Assembly


Information about the Total Theatre Awards 2016
Now in its 17th year, the Total Theatre Awards celebrate visionary independent & artist led theatre & performance. This year 26 assessors from diverse backgrounds of performance have seen 528 shows across the first 11 days of the festival. From these shows we have collectively met every second morning to discuss all work across over 28 hours of conversation. From these conversations and 8 hour shortlisting meeting took place on 17th August, to identify announcing the 26 pieces of work in the shortlist.

Each year 50 professionals from across the UK and international performance community come together in Edinburgh for a peer-to-peer critical dialogue to identify and celebrate excellence and evolving form in contemporary performance. The process results in the Total Theatre Shortlist, prized by artists, industry and audience alike and culminates in seven Total Theatre Awards across five categories.

The Total Theatre Awards process places a special emphasis on exploring difficult issues and the spaces in between established performance forms where innovative new creative practices, approaches and models are emerging. Through critical analysis, dialogue, discussion and debate a peer network of assessors and judges spot game changing artists and play a vital role in identifying innovation and creative talent in an ever-changing contemporary performance landscape. The artist focused, peer led process for assessing and awarding artists is thorough and rigorous and offers opportunities for a range of peers and senior industry professionals to engage in in-depth discussion, debate and dialogue about excellence.

The Total Theatre Awards were developed for the benefit of artists, the sector and audiences, and have over the last two decades, blazed a trail of recognition for independent artists and companies creating innovative, artist-led theatre and performance. Resisting too narrow a definition of the term ‘total theatre’ the awards focus on artists and companies leading innovative work beyond the classical cannon and new writing – within the fields of devised theatre, live art, visual performance, mime, puppetry, physical theatre, experimental theatre, clown, circus, street, immersive, outdoor, dance, site specific performance and more.

A Big Thank You to our Supporters
Supporters confirmed thus far for this years Awards include Battersea Arts Centre, Conflux, University of Chichester, The Empty Space, Farnham Maltings, HOME; Manchester, Jacksons Lane, The Place, The Point Eastleigh, Puppet Animation Scotland and Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. Without their support and the in-kind support provided by the 40+ strong team of Assessors, Judges and Awards Producing team the Total Theatre Awards would not be possible. We thank these supporters for their recognition and commitment to supporting the artist led and independent performance sector.

If you are interested in supporting the Total Theatre Awards please contact Jo Crowley via email to